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Amulet of the head of Hathor

Hathor head amulets were popular from the New Kingdom to the Greco-Roman period. Hathor, the goddess of love and protector of the dead, is shown as a woman with the ears of a cow, wearing a distinctive, heavy wig with the ends coiled into spirals. This example is made of blue faience, a common...

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Provenance

From Semna, area between cross steet 9 and S. Wall St. 1928:excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 20, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

Findspot

Semna, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

28.1605

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets